I read a post by a photographer recently who boasted of eating bush-meat in central Africa. When challenged on this (he’d included it in his biography as being something special) he responded saying what could he do: he was served it by a family in the Congo.
Herein lies the problem.
It is reported that animals in some central African game parks are 60% down due largely to this wretched and unfortunate trade in what is known locally as ‘bush meat.’
Game wardens are available to patrol in many reserves, but what of animals outside the area being hunted, killed and sold? If people are hungry and poor and alternative protein is not available, what is the solution?
I’ve seen people on the roads in Ghana, Zambia and Tanzania holding tiny deer, monkeys, pythons and other wildlife for sale. In Gambia I once bought an antelope to save its life. With what result? The men were waiting outside the house next morning with another antelope.
The above photos illustrate my point, but they do not provide an answer except to ask the good fathers in Africa to resist supporting the slaughter of God’s creatures.
Images source: www.copix.co.uk